Investing in Social Determinants of Health Yields High ROI

A community health program that tackles socioeconomic determinants of health saved Medicaid roughly $1.4 million, a new study unveiled Monday in the journal Health Affairs has found. The study marks one of the first return-on-investment analyses of just how valuable community-health workers and social-focused health approached truly are. As part of the economic analysis study, […]

LeadingAge Expert Robyn Stone: ‘Career Lattices,’ Healthy Relationships Key to Keeping In-Home Care Staff

Home health and personal care aides are often referred to as “the eyes and ears” of the U.S. health care system. Still, they’re infrequently used in care teams and often undervalued by the providers they work for. Changing the recognition of in-home care professionals is going to take hard work, innovative approaches and dedicated advocacy, […]

Fedelta Home Care Secures Growth-Equity Financing; Humana Foundation Raises SDoH Investment to $7.6M

Montlake Capital invests in Fedelta Home Care Growth-equity firm Montlake Capital has announced it will fuel Fedelta Home Care’s growth efforts. Founded in 2004, Seattle-based Fedelta provides both home care and home health care services in the Puget Sound region. As a provider, Fedelta provides in-home care services to individuals of all ages, offering both […]

PDGM Prompts Q4 Downturn in Home Health M&A Activity

The Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM) likely contributed to a downturn in home health mergers-and-acquisitions activity during the fourth quarter of 2019, according to new data from M&A advisory firm Mertz Taggart. PDGM took effect on Jan. 1. Dealmaking for non-medical home care assets largely remained steady. All in all, 2019 saw at least 42 home […]

Eden Health Purchases Legacy Home Healthcare; Trade Associations Merge

Eden Health acquires Legacy Home Healthcare Eden Health has acquired Legacy Home Healthcare, an Arizona-based provider that serves Greenlee, Graham and Cochise counties. Eden Health is the employee-owned home services division of Vancouver, Washington-based EmpRes Healthcare Management LLC. As a part of the transaction, Eden Health will take over Legacy Home Healthcare’s two locations in […]

FirstLight CEO Charts Course Toward Telehealth Expansion, Medicare Advantage Contracting

FirstLight Home Care recorded another year of strong growth in 2019, thanks partly to an uptick in national accounts and its work with employee-assistance programs (EAPs). The Cincinnati-based in-home care franchise company plans to double down on those areas in 2020, while also making progress on its Medicare Advantage (MA) efforts and FirstLight Health Solutions […]

Illinois Reaches ‘Historic’ Wage Increase Agreement with Home Care Workers

In what is being called a historic step forward on the wage and labor front, the state of Illinois recently reached two contract agreements with SEIU Healthcare Illinois — covering 30,000 home care workers. “After years of instability, I’m proud these contracts deliver good wages and good benefits to the people who offer this critical […]

HCAOA Names Home Helpers CEO as Board President; CMS Chief Medical Officer Leaves for Humana

HCAOA elects new board president The Home Care Association of America (HCAOA) has elected Emma Dickison as the new president of its board of directors. Washington, D.C.-based HCAOA represents nearly 3,000 companies that employ more than 500,000 caregivers. Dickison brings her background as CEO of Home Helpers Home Care — a company she’s been with […]

Physician, NAHC Make Case for Home Care Coverage Under Medicare

Over the past few years, non-medical home care has become a pillar service within the broader health care continuum for its ability to improve outcomes and increase patient satisfaction. Due to that success, some believe home care should be covered under Medicare, just like home health or hospice care. Dr. Laurie Archbald, an associate professor […]